displacement

Displacement occurs when one party unfairly or inappropriately replaces another. If you arrive at work to find someone else sitting at your desk, you might want to complain to your boss about your recent displacement.

Displacement can be a depressing topic, given that it often involves people being forced to leave somewhere where they belong. However, for a more cheerful take on this word, put your foot in the bathtub and watch the water level rise. Scientifically speaking, your foot is causing displacement of the water. It was this observation that led Archimedes to develop his famous principle about buoyancy (and, perhaps more famously, to run through the streets naked in celebration).

Primary Meanings of displacement

1.
n
to move something from its natural environment
2.
n
the act of uniform movement
Full Definitions of displacement
1

n to move something from its natural environment

Synonyms:
deracination
Type of:
movement
the act of changing the location of something

n an event in which something is displaced without rotation

Synonyms:
shift
Types:
amplitude
(physics) the maximum displacement of a periodic wave
luxation
displacement or misalignment of a joint or organ
subluxation
partial displacement of a joint or organ
Type of:
translation
a uniform movement without rotation

n act of taking the place of another especially using underhanded tactics

Synonyms:
supplanting
Type of:
replacement, replacing
the act of furnishing an equivalent person or thing in the place of another

n act of removing from office or employment

Type of:
rejection
the act of rejecting something

n (chemistry) a reaction in which an elementary substance displaces and sets free a constituent element from a compound

Synonyms:
displacement reaction
Type of:
chemical reaction, reaction
(chemistry) a process in which one or more substances are changed into others

n (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that transfers affect or reaction from the original object to some more acceptable one

Types:
transference
(psychoanalysis) the process whereby emotions are passed on or displaced from one person to another; during psychoanalysis the displacement of feelings toward others (usually the parents) is onto the analyst
countertransference
the psychoanalyst's displacement of emotion onto the patient or more generally the psychoanalyst's emotional involvement in the therapeutic interaction
Type of:
defence, defence mechanism, defence reaction, defense, defense mechanism, defense reaction
(psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires
2

n the act of uniform movement

Synonyms:
translation
Type of:
motion, move, movement
the act of changing location from one place to another

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